Colonization of space could lead to cannibalism

The conquest of space is the dream of many people and scientific progress brings us closer to this odyssey every year. But it could be even riskier than we imagine. Future space colonists could indeed face difficulties in the supply of food, which could push them to resort to cannibalism. This possibility is pointed out by the professor of astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh, Charles Cockell, in an interview with Metro.

It lists the challenges astronauts would face if humans attempted to colonize places such as Jupiter’s moon, Callisto, and Saturn’s moon, Titan. Charles Cockell points out that if the imagined agricultural and cultivation devices failed, the food supply would depend solely on food from planet Earth. But if the settlers are too far away – or if the Earth has completely collapsed – this scenario would become unthinkable.

Tests on the Moon and Mars

Charles Cockell does not seek to panic anyone and his warning is based on a story dating back to 1845. At the time, Sir John Franklin’s crew goes on an Arctic exploration mission and tries to “Find a way to the northwest of the globe, [naviguant] on boats from the end of the 19th centurye century – which turned out to have the most sophisticated technologies of the time, explains the astrobiologist. They had canned food [une innovation en 1845] but they got lost, stranded and engaged in cannibalism ” between them to survive.

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By his dark prediction, Charles Cockell wants to send a warning message. Cultivation systems will need to be tested and refined on places like the Moon or Mars before space colonization begins. “If you throw twenty people several hundred million miles from Earth into an instantly lethal environment on a moon, you better be sure it can work,” he recommends, because if it doesn’t, it will collapse quite quickly. ”


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